Kade’s First Birthday + Smash Cake

Although it is a little late, I wanted to share with you, in honour of this awesome little man’s 2nd birthday today, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KADE!! His first birthday treats and cake smash session.  I have been honoured to make some very special treats and hand painted canvases for this guy’s room since he came into our lives.  It is lucky that his birthday is in the middle of the summer when he, his mom Kristin and dad Jason are usually back in the valley for a visit.  For his first birthday we carried on the nautical theme that we started with his nursery art and baby shower cookies.  The cupcakes were white chocolate with passionfruit buttercream and white modelling chocolate toppers.

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Red, yellow, blue graphic nautical cupcakes

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For his birthday Kristin asked if I could paint her old childhood rocking horse to suit her modern little man.  She wanted it to be gender neutral incase a little girl comes along in the future and also wanted it to fit into their house, like it could be another piece of furniture.  Hopefully the neutral colour tones and geometric style will stand the test of time.  Wear and tear from a very busy little man on the other hand, I cannot guarantee.

Kristin and Jason got married exactly one year and one day before this special guy showed up and they had they has the wonderfully talented Ria Hasen photograph their wedding.  So it only seemed fitting that they would asked her to do a smash cake session for Kade.  I was so excited to make this blue ombre cake, even though it didn’t last very long, it was a special one and the photos are just priceless!

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Check out Ria’s beautiful work – RIA HANSEN PHOTOGRAPHY 

 

Miss Austyn’s first Birthday!

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I can hardly believe it– my sweet little niece is 1 already.  A year really flies by fast.  Well, Katie aka Mama, didn’t have a theme and told me to just go for it, so of course I went girly and picked pink.  There was a coconuty carrot cake with rich cream cheese frosting and delicate royal icing flowers, and an egg-free vanilla cake with buttercream swirls  for little Miss Austyn to smash and enjoy.  Oh, and some pink white chocolate and raspberry macaroons with a touch of gold.

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Somebody’s excited to get their very first birthday cake! Austyn first birthday

We did a smash cake session a couple of days later with Austyn all dressed up in her tutu. So much fun!

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Happy first birthday sweetness,

Love Aunty KyKy xx

Love day photo shoot

Valentine’s Day is a day to spread the love.  It doesn’t matter if it’s love for a friend, a partner, a sibling, a child or a parent, it reminds us to tell those special people in our lives that we love them.

I love taking pictures of the oh-so-cute little people in my life and thought that a Valentine’s Day photo shoot would be perfect.  I started drawing up some ideas for the photo shoot, background options, and prop options.  I decided to make a super sparkly LOVE banner and had the perfect neon sparkles.  I tried to keep everything else pretty neutral so that the neon would stand out and I think it turned out alright.  Oh, and we threw in some candy and some heart-shaped pillows to finish it off.

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Archer - Sad face photo

Penelope + conversation hearts.

I thought it would be fun to have a couple different little setups so that the babies could play around and hopefully not get too bored of me taking pics.  So this was the scene on one side of the room.  On the other I had hung geometric paper hearts, which I saw on this fabulous website and had to make!  For a free printable pattern to make your own check out minieco.co.uk (no affiliation, I just think she is amazing!)  There’s tons of fun paper projects on the site.  I printed them at two different sizes so that there was a bit of variation.  I was pleasantly surprised that the kidlets didn’t tear them down and although I wasn’t too concerned about it,  it definitely made me smile when one had fallen down and Archer wanted to put it back up!

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Austyn V day photo shoot + geometric hearts

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Happy B-Lated Valentines day everyone,

Kyky xx

Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts

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It’s been a few months since I went to Toronto to the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts but finally have the chance to share some photos with you.

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Sugar flower roses, orchids and calla lilies.

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Haute couture wedding cakes was one of the most anticipated sections.  We got to choose a photo of a dress as inspiration.  Jaquline, one of my class mates, is holding up our backdrop to take some shots of both of our cakes together.

Red, Black and gold wedding cake inspired by vintage circus and moulin rouge

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For our wedding cake assignment, we were all given a theme as well as a few details about the clients and their weddings.  Mine was to have lots of red and black.  They also loved the Moulin Rouge, with a vintage circus feel.  I will admit I was a bit worried by this, as it is not really in my comfort zone.  In the end I was so glad that I got this theme; it really pushed me to try some new things and I loved the end result.  My favourite new technique… lambeth piping, which is a technique from 1930.  I adapted it to my design and then painted the piping gold.  Oh, and disco dust, who couldn’t love disco dust!

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Our carved cake project was made out of banana cake and Rice Krispies.  My Munny’s body is made of cake and his head and legs are Rice Krispies.

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The final assignment was client based (although the client was fake).  It was a surprise cake for a museum curator retirement party who loved Spanish architecture and the Guggenheim.  I really enjoyed making the carved stone look with modelling chocolate.

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All dressed up in the chef outfit.  I was ecstatic when Bonnie herself put  a little pin on Vancovuer Island for me.  There are pins from all over the world, and it felt pretty amazing to be a part it.

I was a little nervous when the last day came so quickly but I was also so very excited to get back to beautiful British Columbia!

Sunny Ombre SMASH cake!

Archers sunny smash cake and hand made green monster stuffy

For Archers first birthday I got to make him a smash cake.  Free rein on colours, so I decided to make it as sunny and bright as the birthday boy himself.  A yellow and orange ombre smash cake it was. I love adding liberal amounts of buttercream on smash cakes so they can get nice and messy! Also pictured here is one of the monster stuffies I made for Archer’s first birthday which were from the design of his baby shower invitations. 

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Piping Archers smash cake

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I started by crumb coating the cake with regular swiss meringue buttercream. Then I tinted the whole bowl with a little yellow.  Pipped on a few dots of colour in the centre then added a little more colour.  I just added colour to the whole bowl instead of making lots of bowls of colours because I knew it would work out with my colour scheme.  So I just kept building up the coloured dots as I went along, I did about two rows for each addition. Then once the whole cake was covered in buttercream in the ombre colour effect, I used a pallet knife to smooth it out and add texture in a kind of messy rustic way. You can also see that I went ahead and used vanilla bean paste in this buttercream which I normally wouldn’t do because you can see the little black specs, but I love the taste and thought it added a bit of that rustic feel.

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The smash cake photo shoot was priceless and oh so cute!

KyKy xx

Yellow and orange smash cake being eaten by Archer!

Photo by Livia Supplie

 

Monster cookies, Monster baby shower and Monster cake!

Baby shower invites featuring monster cookies

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It all started when Archer’s aunty  Coco got him a super cool monster mobile for his arrival. We used that for the theme of the baby shower.  Complete with a monster cookie, cookie bar!  Inside each invitation we also included a recipe card for the attendees to write out their favorite cookie recipe.  I secretly hope that one day Archer will enjoy making these recipes and that they will be special to him, knowing he got them from people who love heaps at his baby shower.

So naturally I decided to make some monster shaped cookies for the cookie bar.  But I can’t take credit for all the delicious cookies, I had lots of help!

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Cookie bar for baby shower

The baby shower was a blast, meeting Archer was the best and the next year just flew by.  It was time for his first birthday and I couldn’t think of a better cake then a monster cake. It was my first attempt at a carved cake and I have lots to learn, but I was pretty happy with the outcome for a first try.  I also made a couple of monster stuffies to match (the little green and orange guys are sewed stuffies) for Archer to keep.

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Monster cake and stuffies by Freshly Squeez'd

I also made a smash cake for him but that will be another post.

Thanks for visiting,

 

KyKy xx

 

Making Rocket Ship Cookie Pops

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While searching and testing different ways to bake the perfect sugar cookie I have found a few tricks.  The first is to combine two ways of rolling out the dough.  After mixing the dough, I wrap the disks in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge, but only for a maximum of 20 minutes. I know there is some chemistry going on here so I don’t want to completely skip this step.  Traditionally, you would leave it longer, until fully chilled, but I find after a couple of batches, my wrists aren’t a fan of rolling out super hard, cold dough.  Next I take it out and roll it between two sheets of parchment paper. I use clean paint stir sticks as a guide for rolling out even thickness.  Then I transfer the rolled dough onto a cookie sheet and into the freezer for 5 -10 minutes.  Cooling the dough in the freezer makes your cookie shapes come out beautifully, and it also makes it easier to transfer your cookies to the cookie sheet. Then pop the pan of cookies back into the freezer for a couple more minutes until the cookies are cool before putting them in the oven.   After cooling, I decorated these cookies using a white chocolate fondant. For a great sugar cookie recipe and tips on making sugar cookie pops, check out this tutorial on Sweetapolita.

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Steps for creating Rocket ship shaped sugar cookies pops

I used the same cookie cutter that I used for the cookies to cut out the shape in fondant, then trimmed away the excess with a sharp paring knife.  Then I used a gum paste tool to make lines in the fondant and the end of a piping tip to add divettes to create a vintage-y metal look.  I added some silver (airbrush colour) paint to the trim around the windows and pearl dust to the windows to add some shine to the cookies.  Lastly, I added a little white fondant highlight, as if a bright shooting star is flying by and reflecting in the window.

Adding fondant to decorate rocket ship sugar cookies

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I made these cookies for my little buddy who was turning 5.  I made a couple extra moons and squares and used the textures that were already there to create some fun personalized ones just for him.  I love the moons and actually found that technique by mistake.  I was using the end of a ball tool to make a dent for the darker piece of fondant to sit in and was pleasantly surprised by the crater effect that it left.  I love finding techniques like this. Remember to always keep your mind open to new possibilities and make a few extra cookies so you can experiment with a couple along the way!

KyKy xx

Living the dream. Going to Cake Design School!

I have long had a “pipe” dream of sorts, to be able to design and bake beautiful, tasty cakes and cookies, have a thriving business, have time to enjoy life, travel and spread joy.  It has taken me some time to believe in this dream and believe in myself, to go all in and trust that if I go for what I love the rest will fall into place.  So I’m going for it. I’m headed to the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts school to take their Cakes Certificate Program.  Two months in the big city of Toronto, and I’m so excited!  (ps – if any of you have any great things to do or see in Toronto let me know! )

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This was the first wedding cake I made, for Jocelyn and Matt.

I learned to bake with my Grandma. She did everything from scratch, including grinding her own wheat. I remember baking up the best batches of warm, fragrant cinnamon buns, rolling the dough, cutting the sections with thread, and patiently watching them rise through the oven window. When my brother and I went to stay at my grandparents’ house, we could be sure to be greeted by the delicious, comforting aroma of freshly baked whole wheat bread slathered with butter. This I credit with creating in me an ever-lasting love of baking.

At the age of fifteen, I wanted to sell my baked goods. So, I created a business: ‘Little Miss Kyscotties’. I baked almost every day after school, hired a friend to assist me, and went to the local farmers’ market every Saturday morning to sell my expanding variety of biscotti.  I did this for a few years until grade 12 and provincial exams were a bit too much, and I was told I needed to be baking out of an approved kitchen.

I never lost my love for baking though, and in the resent years having been asked to make wedding cakes and special cookies for friends and family, which has reminded me how much I love to bake for people.  Don’t get me wrong I love to eat delicoous cakes and treats to, but it is joy and bliss I see in someone when they truly enjoy a biscotti or are wowed that a foot tall Lucky can is completely edible.  So, I am switching things up a little and going to cake school.   I will still be doing some graphic design work, mainly wedding and other party invitations and decore as well as special unique designed cakes and cookies!  I have found a way to have the best of both worlds and get to exercise my creative artistic side with my baking.

I can’t wait to share some of the fun things along the way, and of course some of the mess ups too ;)  It may be a tough road, with struggles and hard work, but I know that it will be one filled with love and passion.

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU x a million, to all the amazing people in my life (you know who you are) that have believed in me and supporting me, unwaveringly, on this new adventure. I am so lucky to have each and every one of you in my life.

 KyKyxx

 

Brunch in the Garden, Bridal Shower

My best friend Danielle was getting married,  and as Maid of Honour I wanted to throw her the best bridal shower and staggette I could.  With the help from the other bridesmaids, Mariah Meyers and Bethany Farnell, we planned two events that would happen on one weekend we hoped Danielle would love.

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Lots of ideas were thrown around, but we wanted to make sure that Danielle would really enjoy both of these parties.  We decided to have the staggette over on Tree Island for the day.  We got Mariah’s husband and friend to boat us over and we spent the day on the beach with a gas powered blender making Miami Vises (If you are unsure of what this is, they are delicious and simple to make.  Make a batch of strawberry Daiquiris and a batch of Pina Coladas fill the glass up with half of each, and enjoy!) and barbequing burgers.  It was a beautiful day and just right for Danielle.

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The next day we had the bridal shower in my backyard.  We decided a brunch party would be fitting and fun.  The menu was waffles, eggs, bacon, fruit, mimosas and for our gluten intolerant friends, gluten free waffles too!  It is always nice The lovely Katie even made cupcakes for desert.

The girls helped me create a fun back drop out of crate paper, which also hid some walls and shed that weren’t so pretty.  It worked great and made the space feel completely different.  We also set up a few lawn games around the yard for people to play while we got brunch together.

We included recipe cards with the invitations, so that guests could leave a favorite recipe or “their husbands favorite” recipe for the couple.   As a gift, we decided that what Danielle and Wayne needed most, was some time away, as they were not going on a honeymoon right away.  I talked to the lovely ladies at the King Fisher Spa and Resort and we set up an account.  Each person was then able to phone in and put towards the gift as much as they were able.  We ended up sending Danielle and Wayne to the Kingfisher for a three night stay, including a West Coast Hydropath. The weekend was a success and so much fun for all.

We Love you guys!

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Ladies at the bridal shower

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Purple flower, yellow bloom, blue glass vase

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Thank you to all the ladies who helped, and to Mrs. Dorran for taking photos with my camera! Thanks to Lee at Always Invited Event Rentals, for the rentals of the dishes, glass wear and cutlery, it really added polished feel to the event.

KyKy xx

A sweet sweet baby shower

In honor of little Miss P’s first birthday, I thought I would share some photos from her baby shower.  It is very hard for me to believe this was over a year ago already.

It started with the invitations, for which I drew inspiration from the sweet nursery that Coco had put together for her baby girl.  Then I just had to put the whale from the invite onto the cake.   I also made some chocolate cupcakes and gave them two flavours of buttercream, peanut butter and raspberry.

When planning baby showers and other parties I enjoy having some sort of organized game, but I try to find something I or all the attendees haven’t already played.  This can be a tough task but, I cam upon Baby Price Is Right, and I was sold.  Check out the instructions here - http://www.bellybelly.com.au/pregnancy/baby-shower-games

It also doubles as a gift if you buy all of the items on your list.  After the game you can give them to the mom to be.  Make sure to have a piece of paper, I prefer to use card stock, that way if they dont have a hard surface to write on its still doable, and some freshly sharpened pencils for each person.  Placed in a cute jar with coordinating ribbon adds to the decore.   Other decorations we had were, wooden block letters at the dollar store, spray painted and then covered the front with fabric that matched the invitations.

A huge thank you to my aunty, Ava, for hosting the shower at her home, decorating and feeding the gang.

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What shaped baby shower cake for baby girl

Orange peanut butter cupcakes Baby shower decor - BABY block letters Pink Baby shower cupcakes

Set up at Penelope's baby shower

 

Thanks Coco for having such a wonderful baby girl!  Oh, and Coco may be doing some blog posts here soon! She is super crafty and artsy and when the two of us start cooking up ideas they kind of explode all over the place.  It’s fun and I thought it would be great to share it with the rest of you.

KyKyxx